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New York City Ballet’s Brittany Pollack and Daniel Ulbricht are this year’s special guests. Photo courtesy of New York Dance Theatre

New York Dance Theatre, under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist Frank Ohman, will present its 37th season of “The Nutcracker” at Hofstra University, 1000 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 with performances each day at noon and 5 p.m. 

Special guest artists Daniel Ulbricht and Brittany Pollack of New York City Ballet return to perform as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier.   

Over the years, Frank Ohman has created original dances and scenes that have been incorporated into the ballet, but as a former student and soloist under George Balanchine he is one of a select few authorized to use the original pas de deux choreography of his mentor. Ohman will continue his tradition of playing the role of the grandfather in the party scene that opens the ballet.

The role of Clara’s mysterious godfather Herr Drosselmeier will be played by former New York City Ballet soloist Robert Maiorano.   

With the elegant Christmas party scene, the drama of the magical growing Christmas Tree, the Battle of the Toy Soldiers and Giant Mice, the live Snow Storm and the brilliant dancing in the Land of the Sweets, “The Nutcracker” appeals to all ages.

In all, a cast of 80 children, preprofessional and professional dancers will bring this classic story ballet to life on the stage of the university’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse. The children’s roles are performed by students of the Frank Ohman School of Ballet in Commack, representing a variety of towns in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Tickets for this full production ballet are $42 adults, $32 seniors and children 12 and under. To order, visit  www.ohmanballet.org or call 631-462-0964. 

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A scene from the New York Dance Theatre's 'The Nutcracker.' Photo from Frank Ohman.

New York Dance Theatre, under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist Frank Ohman, will present its 35th season of “The Nutcracker” at Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, on Dec. 17 and 18 at noon and 5 p.m. on both days.

With the elegant Christmas party scene, the battle of the toy soldiers and giant mice, the live snow storm and the brilliant dancing in the Land of the Sweets, “The Nutcracker” will appeal to all ages. Special guest artists Alicia Holloway and DaVon Doane of the Dance Theatre of Harlem will appear as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. Philip Leclose, who performed the role of the young Prince for two consecutive years at Lincoln Center, will appear in that same role in Ohman’s 2016 production. In all, a cast of 80 children, pre-professional and professional dancers will bring this classic story ballet to life on the stage of Hofstra’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Tickets for this full production ballet are $42 adults, $32 seniors and children 12 and under and may be purchased online at www.ohmanballet.org or by calling 631-462-0964.

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